• Karen Vargas

9.06.2021 Labor Day with H.E.L.P.S Ministry

Updated: Sep 21

On Monday, August 6, 2021, H.E.L.P.S. Ministry had a Labor Day Cookout for the community of St. Charles and Elgin, Illinois.


Food For Friends volunteers showed up at noon to help with the set-up of the cookout and serve the meal. The tables were spread out in the parking lot, to allow for social distancing.

There was an abundance of food for the guests to enjoy hamburgers, steaks, pork chops, chicken, ribs and hot dogs with all the trimmings. Macaroni, corn, beans, potato salad, rice, and a number of desserts.

As guests started to load their plate with food, the smiles were contagious. Music was playing and the guests were enjoying each other's company. It was a beautiful day to share a meal with a friend. One guest shared that it was her first time attending a meal with H.E.L.P.S and Food For Friends and she really enjoyed every part of her experience. She shared that most holidays she spends alone and was happy to be surrounded by friends.


We served food to approximately 50 people. Many of them came back for seconds and some had the opportunity to take a couple of meals to go.They could not believe the feast!


The H.E.L.P.S Ministry is a chapel, food pantry and shelter that serves St. Charles and Elgin providing food and clothing to those in need. Food For Friends has been a strong partner to the H.E.L.P.S Ministry.

For more pictures from this event, go to our album on Facebook titled 2021-09-06 Labor Day W/ H.E.L.P.S Ministry

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